Mango Bay Hotel and Beach Club

Holetown is the hub of St James parish, a couple of streets of treats paralleling the slim but sandy beach. Good restaurants and shopping are abundant, and you can also find casual eateries and bars. The new Lime Grove complex also houses an art gallery and spaces for occasional entertainment. It’s a great spot for couples.

Tucked away behind all this, right on the beach, is Mango Bay. This attractive, mid-range property crosses Caribbean chic with elements suggesting a small Spanish village. It’s all bejeweled with tropical landscaping around a free-form pool. Night-time brings out the splendor, when blazing torches light your approach past a grand fountain.

Its 76 guest rooms are unfussy and nicely appointed. All have furnished balconies or patios viewing either the garden or the sea. Though otherwise modest, the bathrooms all have at least one fun feature. Room amenities cover your every need, including bathrobes.

While some guests crave greater variety in the food, most sing its praises. It’s served in a relaxed restaurant, and offers Caribbean and international cuisine. You can opt for open air or AC sections. The bar stays open until midnight and sometimes there’s live music.

For active recreation, your choices include waterskiing, aerobics classes, snorkelling, a glass- bottom boat ride, and kayaking. For an additional fee, go scuba diving. Trips and tours on land and sea are also available. Some carry an additional fee.

In case of rain, most likely in late summer, try the lounge, where you’ll find games, a small library, TV, and a computer with internet access. There’s also a small gym and teeny spa. Alternatively, just hang out and watch for mongoose and monkeys.

Nearby sights include lovely stone churches, a marine park, and quaint Speightstown where you’ll find a rather fun museum, an art gallery, shops, more restaurants, and traditional vegetable vendors. Pricey but glorious, golf is a mile or two down the road at Sandy Lane.

Rates include all meals and most beverages, watersports, and a trip to Bridgetown.

Address

Second Street,
Holetown,
St James,
Barbados

Telephone

(246)-432-1348

Website

  • Smoking is prohibited in the guest rooms and public areas, and allowed in a few spots on property.
  • Oceanfront rooms not only have the best view, but also the best decor. The standard rooms are relatively basic, and some receive street noise.
  • Elevators serve all but the standard room block.
  • Couple oriented, but older kids will do fine. Not great for babies and toddlers.
  • Don’t expect to lose yourself in sprawling grounds. The property is fairly compact.
  • Lagoon-side rooms may get mosquitoes. Request repellent.
  • The beach has narrowed, so expect to do some of your lounging on the grassy terrace that’s been built to accommodate you.
  • Do take the complimentary catamaran cruise to snorkel with the turtles.
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